The savior of stressed college students around the world, this Japanese noodle soup is known by most as a quick and convenient snack. In Japan, however, it’s a different story entirely; here you can enjoy huge, hearty bowls of fresh noodles, stacked with enough vegetables and meat to keep you going all day. When you see how seriously these chefs take the flavor of their broths, you’ll understand why some actually hold Michelin stars for their efforts!
The 10,000-plus ramen restaurants in Japan have taken the simple noodle soup formula and expanded upon it with a healthy dose of invention and competition. There’s the rich earthy flavors of miso ramen, and the spiciness of curry ramen, both perfect as winter warmers. For a more refreshing summer meal try some tsukemen dipping ramen, in which the noodles are served cold and dipped into the soup as you go.
That’s the great thing about Japanese ramen — the possibilities are endless, and there’s always something new to discover. Forever looking to modernize, some ramen shops have even started serving halal ramen for Muslim diners. Have a look at all the fantastic Japanese ramen restaurants we have available, and see which takes your fancy.